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#LivePresent© - Kol Nidre 5777

#LivePresent© Rabbi David Baum, Kol Nidre 5777/2016 Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
I would like to ask you all to do one thing – it’s easy, it won’t take more than a minute, but it’s also a really difficult thing.But, please, if you will do this one thing for me, it will make me so happy:will you please turn off your phones?I don’t mean put them on silent, I mean actually turn them off.
Thank you.Now, here’s my next request, it’s also really difficult – who in here wants to admit that they pretended to turn off their phones?
I thought so.Why is it so difficult for us to disconnect – maybe, it is because we are afflicted with a terrible disease - #FOMO.

#FOMO has been a terrible condition for years now.  #FOMO is an acronym for the condition:Fear Of Missing Out.Here is how it strikes - you are doing something like playing with your children or grandchildren, or maybe, I don’t know, sitting in shul, and your mind starts to wander.Suddenly, you are thinking about five different things that you co…

I Am Nothing Without Them© Rabbi David Baum, Yom Kippur 5777/2016

I Am Nothing Without Them© Rabbi David Baum, Yom Kippur 5777/2016
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

Do you know that last year marked the largest number of pictures ever taken?1 trillion.We are fond of saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, but some pictures say more than others.For example, the pictures taken at the Rio Olympics this summer.Who can forget that picture of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, looking to his sides to see his opponents, as if he was strolling, on his way to win another gold medal.Or the picture of the two marathon runners, Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino, picking each other up after they knocked into each other.Michael Phelps had a couple of iconic pictures.Do you remember when he was taunted by a shadow boxing South African swimmer Chad le Clo during a warm up?Phelps stared at him the entire time with an intense look, and went on to defeat him and everyone else in that race.Of course, there was the picture of Phelps kissing his gold medal with a tear in …